About 326 repatriated Nigerians who have been stranded in North African Country, Libya returns home to Nigeria.
According to reports, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA welcomed a new batch of Nigerians repatriated from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Thursday.
Mr. Idris Muhammed, the NEMA coordinator in Lagos State informed newsmen that the returnees who were about 326 in number came home in two separate flights and were received at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Thursday.
According to him, the first batch of returnees numbering a total of 143 people arrived the country at about 10:20 pm on Thursday night in an Al Buraq Airline Boeing 737-800. He said that the second batch which contains 183 people arrived in a Nouvelair Air flight UZ 175.
Mr. Idris informed newsmen that the repatriated Nigerians were brought home with the help of the International Organization for Migration, (IOM) through it’s Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) initiative funded by the European Union for the reintegration of returnees back into their home community.
The NEMA coordinator gave the statistics of the returnees as follows; 143 male adults, 148 female adults, 2 male children, 6 female children, 12 male infants and 15 female infants making a total of 169 females and 147 males.
“At the end of profiling, the breakdown of the returnees shows 148 female adults; six female children, 15 female infants, making a total of 169 females.
“The males are143 male adults, two male children and 12 male infants, making a total of 157 males,” He said.
Mr. Idris appealed to the returnees to join the government in working hard to make this country a more prosperous nation. He went further to exhort the youths who were among the repatriated returnees to make good use of their stay in the country and plan a better life for themselves here in Nigeria.
Mr. Idris was qouted saying,
“The country of our dream is unfolding. As you are struggling to travel outside the country, many foreign nationals are struggling to come into Nigeria as well.
“Movement of people is naturally divine and no one is saying you should not travel but travelling across the desert is not worth it.
“The Federal government is desirous to make every Nigerian contribute his or her quota in developing the country to the level we want it to be.
“Let us all stay back and support the government in its efforts at refocusing the country.”
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